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San Antonio Arts Projects Receive Recognition from Two Leading National Arts Organizations

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San Antonio Arts Projects Receive Recognition from Two Leading National Arts Organizations

Department of Arts & Culture receives awards for two public art projects from Americans for the Arts, and a grant approval from the National Endowment for the Arts 


SAN ANTONIO (June 20, 2017) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture has received recognition from two leading national arts organizations for three of the department’s San Antonio-based projects. 

Americans for the Arts has recognized two Public Art San Antonio installations as “Outstanding Public Art Projects.” The two public art installations are “Midden Mounds Wickiups” at Pearsall Park, and “Cactus” at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. San Antonio joins Houston and El Paso as the only Texas cities to earn the recognition for public art projects this year.

In addition to the two San Antonio projects, Americans for the Arts honored 47 other outstanding public arts projects created in 2016. Chosen by a jury from 325 entries representing communities across the country, the roster of winning projects was unveiled at the Americans for the Arts’ 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco last week. 

“These selected works reflect the incredible diversity of public art projects, including temporary to permanent, sculpture to performance art,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. 

“Midden Mounds Wickiups,” by internationally-renowned artist Buster Simpson, is a set of three metal domes installed at Pearsall Park. The artwork is Simpson’s modern take on primitive domed structures named Wickups that are historically associated with Native Americans of the Southwest. The installation honors the historic presence of indigenous peoples and their footprint on the land. “Cactus,” by Christian Moeller, is an expansive horizontal mural on the façade of the newly-expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center that depicts an endless field of native cacti. The mural’s subject matter symbolizes the resilient and bountiful landscapes of Texas. Both projects were managed for the City of San Antonio by Public Art San Antonio, a division of the Department of Arts & Culture. 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has also announced the approval of a NEA Art Works grant for the Department of Arts & Culture in the amount of $30,000 for the department’s “30 Poems for the Tricentennial: A Poetic Legacy” project in celebration of the city’s Tricentennial.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement in fiscal year 2017. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. 

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.” 

The grant will support the Department’s “30 Poems for the Tricentennial: A Poetic Legacy,” an initiative by San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne in celebration of the city's founding. This 2018 project will celebrate the works of San Antonio poets and writers, and visually interpret them through two-dimensional installations for San Antonio residents and visitors to experience at public sites throughout the city such as libraries, community centers, City galleries, and others. 

For more information on Americans for the Arts, visit, and for the National Endowment for the Arts, visit More information about the Department of Arts & Culture is available at




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